【Event Report】2022 Pacific Northwest Japan Bowl

On March 5, the Pacific Northwest Japan Bowl was hosted online by Japan-America Society of Oregon and our office. 15 teams of high school students from Oregon and Washington competed against each other on their knowledge of Japanese language and culture. The National Japan Bowl has been held for 30 years, and its regional competition, the Pacific Northwest Japan Bowl, has been held for 5 years, but was canceled last year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The students were quizzed on a wide range of Japanese-related topics such as traditional customs, culture, food, language, and the newest trends. They worked very hard for this day by studying individually and as groups.
【Participating High Schools】
【Group Photo】

From our office, Consul General Hisao Inagaki delivered an encouraging message to the students, and our staff introduced the JET and MEXT programs as future opportunities to work and study in Japan.
【Consul General Inagaki delivering a message】
【Introduction on JET and MEXT programs by our staff】

Afterwards, the students enjoyed Japanese culture-related workshops and hands-on activities on different topics such as how to draw manga and fold origami.
【Workshop on How to Draw Manga】

【Workshop on the History of Origami and How to Fold It】

At the closing ceremony, the winners of each level were announced. The first-place winners will advance to the National Japan Bowl, taking place online on April 21 and 22, 2022.

【Level 2: 1st place】Sunset High School
【Level 3: 1st place】Woodinville High School
【Level 4: 1st place】International School of Beaverton

Congratulations, everyone!
Good luck at the National Japan Bowl.